His Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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Bhagavad-gita 9.16

Sofia, Bulgaria

10-5-2005

So, tonight we are reading Bhagavad-gita, Chapter number 9, "The Most Confidential Knowledge", text number 16.

Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya

[Gurudeva sings three times and devotees repeat]

aham kratur aham yajnah
svadhaham aham ausadham
mantro ‘ham aham evajyam
aham agnir aham hutam

SYNONYMS

aham — I; kratuh — Vedic ritual; aham — I; yajñah — smrti sacrifice; svadha — oblation; aham — I; aham — I; ausadham — healing herb; mantrah — transcendental chant; aham — I; aham — I; eva — certainly; ajyam — melted butter; aham — I; agnih — fire; aham — I; hutam — offering.

TRANSLATION

“But it is I who am the ritual, I the sacrifice, the offering to the ancestors, the healing herb, the transcendental chant. I am the butter and the fire and the offering.”

PURPORT

The Vedic sacrifice known as Jyotistoma is also Krishna, and He is also the Maha-yajña mentioned in the smrti. The oblations offered to the Pitrloka or the sacrifice performed to please the Pitrloka, considered as a kind of drug in the form of clarified butter, is also Krishna. The mantras chanted in this connection are also Krishna. And many other commodities made with milk products for offering in the sacrifices are also Krishna. The fire is also Krishna because fire is one of the five material elements and is therefore claimed as the separated energy of Krsna. In other words, the Vedic sacrifices recommended in the karma-kanda division of the Vedas are in total also Krishna. Or, in other words, those who are engaged in rendering devotional service unto Krishna are to be understood to have performed all the sacrifices recommended in the Vedas. [End of Purport]

Sankarshan das Adhikari:

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
cakshur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah

sri-caitanya-mano-bhishtam sthapitam yena bhu-tale
svayam rupah kada mahyam dadati sva-padantikam

The most significant point that we have read this evening is that those who are engaged in rendering devotional service to Krishna are to be understood to have performed all the sacrifices recommended in the Vedas. In other words there are hundreds and thousands of different types of sacrifices recommended in the Vedas. How will we do all of them? Just like it is mentioned by Srila Prabhupada there are 33 million demigods and each demigod is in charge of a certain aspect of this material nature. So if you would like to succeed in that particular aspect of the material nature, you can worship that particular demigod. Just like there is a demigod who is in charge of the blinking of your eyelids. I am noticing everybody is blinking their eyelids tonight.

[To a devotee] I just saw you blink. You know you blinked it a few more times. So everyone who is sitting here is blinking their eyes. That is under the control of a demigod.

Of course the gopis, they cursed Lord Brahma because he created material body with blinking eyes. They were very angry at Lord Brahma that why are you making this interruption for our darsana of Krishna. They were so attached to the uninterrupted darsana of Krishna they found the blinking of the eyelids to be an unbearable disturbance. We are so dull-headed when we are taking darsana of the deities, we don't even realize that our eye lids are blinking. We are so dull. But the gopis were acutely aware. "What is this nonsense thing happening which is interrupting my darsana?". So, anyway there is a demigod in charge of the blinking of the eyelids. And there is also a demigod for which you depend on to pass stool. If it wasn't for that demigod, you will be completely constipated. [Laughter]. So there are demigods who are in charge of every aspect of this material nature. And if you want to be completely successful in all aspects of this world, then you must worship all 33 million demigods. That means that you must do a special puja that is just for that demigod. You have to find out exactly what sort of puja he likes and you have to execute it perfectly, with a perfect recitation of mantras, the perfect arrangement of articles etc. If there are 33 million pujas to do, even if you live for a 100 years, then how much time do you have to do 33 million pujas? What if you leave one demigod out? Then he would become very angry just like how Indra was very angry when Krishna wanted to lay aside his puja. So, even if there is a slight discrepancy in the performance of Vedic sacrificial ceremonies, you can get a very bad, bad reaction. But by serving Krishna who is the root of the entire cosmic manifestation, you will automatically give the best possible satisfaction to all 33 million demigods. So, do you now see the superiority of Krishna consciousness?

We were reading this morning in the Nectar of Devotion that simply by pleasing Krishna all good things will come. So we can turn Sofia into the spiritual world. The whole planet Earth can become the spiritual world beginning right here in Sofia if we will simple make Krishna the center. Why are we so foolish that we keep trying to put ourselves in the center thinking that “somehow or other if I put myself in the center, then I can enjoy”. Now as we continue to put ourselves in the center, we are simply creating a hell on this planet. But as soon as we put Krishna in the center,

isavasyam idam sarvam
yat kinca jagatyam jagat
tena tyaktena bhunjitha
ma grdhah kasya svid dhanam
[Sri Isopanisad Mantra 1]

As soon as we put Krishna in the center then the whole world becomes transformed. Just like that switch, you flip that switch, the light is coming out. So Krishna is that switch. You just flip it and the whole world turns on - tamasi ma jyotir gama, come out of the darkness, come into the light by simply flipping on the Krishna consciousness switch by chanting: Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Why be miserable? Does anybody here enjoy being miserable? Do we have any volunteers who would like to get any misery right now? We will give you a cup of diphtheria. I have got one volunteer here. Mataji has volunteered to be miserable. What misery would you like?

Visnupriya Mataji: Queen Kunti says, "Let that misery come again and again so that I can take shelter of You”.

SDA: That is a fact. Queen Kunti devi, she is praying. She says:

vipadah santu tah sasvat
tatra tatra jagad-guro
bhavato darsanam yat syad
apunar bhava-darsanam
[Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.25]

She says that “let these horrible miseries come again and again and again because whenever these miseries come then I immediately become Krishna conscious. That means I don't have to take birth again”.

Queen Kunti is the most intelligent devotee. Even though she humbly presents herself as a less intelligent woman, actually she is more intelligent than anyone. Of all the prayers we find in the Vedic literatures, there is no prayer more intelligent than Queen Kunti's prayers because she is one up on material nature. Isn't it a fact that material miseries come? You cannot avoid them. So we try to prepare ourselves by saying “Okay, whatever comes is by the mercy of Krishna, so whatever comes I have to see it as Krishna's mercy. Somehow I have to adjust to it". That is called being reactive. When the misery comes, then I take shelter of Krishna. That is called being reactive. But Queen Kunti is the most intelligent of all the devotees because she is not reactive; she is what is called proactive. She begs Krishna, "Please Krishna, send misery". So that when misery comes, she says "Thank you Krishna, you have answered my prayer". So instead of having to react, “oh, how will I react to this misery that is just hitting me”? She is feeling grateful. “Oh, I have begged for this misery and Krishna has blessed me with this misery”. So, she is actually the most intelligent devotee. Because the more the miseries come to her, the more she becomes transcendentally enlivened. That is a very, very advanced position.

So we can study this very wonderful prayer of Queen Kunti. And learn the art of how to become happy by being miserable by making Krishna the center. If you can be happy by being miserable in Krishna consciousness, just imagine how happy you can be when you are happy in Krishna consciousness. A businessman, he knows always how to move forward his business. When the prices go down he buys and when the market goes up, he sells. So whether it is up market or down market, he doesn't care. He simply capitalizes on the market according to whatever it is doing. In this way, he is always moving forward his business without any interruption. For him there is no such thing as a good economy or a bad economy. Every economy for him is good. That is the very intelligent businessman. So, we have to be very intelligent devotees. We have to learn how to take advantage of every single situation that Krishna puts us in. Do you realize that Krishna is giving you His unlimited, pure unadulterated mercy at every second in all situations? You may realize it, you may not realize it. But Krishna is showering you with unlimited oceans of mercy at this very second. If you are taking shelter of Him, you are getting it through the medium of the spiritual energy. And if you do not take shelter of Him, you are getting it through the medium of the material energy. But I can absolutely assure you, you are getting an unlimited ocean of mercy at this very second from Krishna. And the good news is you can choose which of the two energies you would like to get it from. If you like you can get that mercy via the spiritual energy. If you are not satisfied with that by making Krishna the center and you His eternal servant then, no problem, you can get that mercy via the material energy, trying to be an enjoyer of this material world and being smashed at every step by the threefold miseries, the fourfold miseries, the seven whips. Yes. If you want to get this mercy via the material energy, no problem, Krishna will take good care of you. So we have our choice.

There are two ways to experience death. There is the way of the kitten and the way of the rat. The mouth of the cat is compared to death. So there are two ways of being carried away by the mouth of a cat. You could be carried like the kitten where the mother cat takes the kitten very gently by the skin on the back of the neck and carries that kitten giving it a nice ride. "Meow, meow, meow" very nicely the little kitten is purring very happily being carried around by the mother cat. And there is the way of the rat. Prabhupada said, “Kee, kee, kee means dying”. It’s the same mouth, the same cat but there is two ways of experiencing it. The devotee, he is being carried by death back to home, back to Godhead. And the non-devotee, he is being smashed by death. He is dragged to the court of Yamaraja for punishment and thrown into the animal kingdom. [Aside: Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva, Subhadra Mayi ki jaya! Sri Sri Radha Damodara ki jaya! Sri Sri Gaura Nitai ki jaya! Sri Sri Sadbhuja ki jaya!]. So you have your choice, how you want to die. Do you want to die in Krishna consciousness? Actually if you are Krishna conscious, there is no such thing as death. Just like if you work hard all day for Srila Prabhupada's mission and then at the end of the day, you lay down and you take your sleep and then you wake up and you get another wonderful day of bhakti yoga, mangala arati. So when you are a devotee, you just go to sleep and you wake up for mangala arati in Goloka Vrindavana. That is all.

[Sings] "Samsara-davanala-lidha-loka tranaya karunya.” You will actually get to go to mangala arati with Prabhupada sitting there, sing the Gurvastakam Prayers in Prabhupada's presence. [Again sings mangala arati prayers]. So if you die in Krishna consciousness, you go to mangala arati and Prabhupada will be there and you can sing Gurvastakam for Prabhupada directly. So now do you see why it is worth becoming a pure devotee of Krishna? You may be practicing Krishna consciousness. You may be an initiated devotee. But if you still have material desires in your heart, Krishna will not deny you the fulfillment of your material desires. He is very kind. He will give us another birth in this material world to fulfill those desires. So do you see why it is worth giving up all material desires and becoming completely pure devotees? This is intelligence. We should give up all desires of this material world.

[Aside: Bell is ringing continuously].

SDA: The bell can be silent actually during the class. It doesn't have to be a ringing bell. It can be a silent bell just like the consciousness is silent; the bell can be silent during the lecture.

So are there any questions?

Devotee: What form of mercy are the empty temples?

SDA: What form of temples? Empty temples?

Devotee: Yes.

SDA: Where are those empty temples? Are those ISKCON temples?

Devotee: Yes, ISKCON temples.

SDA: I have never ever seen an empty ISKCON temple. There has always been somebody in the temple. I mean some of them are very big and some are small, but I have always seen some people in the ISKCON temples. There are none that are completely empty. Even the small ones have some people there. Do you know of any empty ones?

Translator: She gives the example of temples which had hundreds of people and then the number lessened.

SDA: Oh, they have gone down. So why don't you go there and preach and bring the people back? That you can do. If some temple is hurting then you go there and preach and enliven all the devotees, so they will all come back. Is that alright? You would like to go travel and preach?

Translator: No, she wants to stay here.

SDA: Alright. Then you preach here. Then make the whole city of Sofia, Krishna conscious.

Devotee: One person cannot do this.

SDA: Actually, Prabhupada says that “even if one person becomes a pure devotee then that one person can make the whole world Krishna conscious”. Of course that one person will work with complete cooperation with all the other devotees too. What you are saying is true that we all must work together conjointly. But if any one of us becomes a pure devotee, Prabhupada says “the whole world can become Krishna conscious.” That doesn't mean we will work separately. It means when there is purity then we will work together naturally even more cooperatively.

Translator: This morning you mentioned about Visnujana Maharaja. He is curious to hear more about him and also about your personal meetings with Prabhupada.

SDA: Ah! That is a big topic. Well, Visnujana Maharaja was actually quite an amazing devotee. I had been praying to God, I was actually studying the Bible. I saw that Lord Jesus Christ is a perfectly self-realized soul. Now how can I also become a perfectly self-realized soul? So I was studying the Bible trying to find out what was the secret that made Lord Jesus a perfectly self-realized soul. Every day I would get up early and I would study the Bible. So one morning I found it. I discovered what made Lord Jesus a perfectly self-realized soul. In the Bible, he says, "Father, not my will but Thy will be done". In other words, that is old English, but in simple modern English, "Dear God, I want to do what You want me to do and not what I want to do". So now I knew I had the answer. I just had to do what God wants me to do. But I had one problem. I didn't know what God wanted me to do! So, what was I supposed to do? I didn't know. Then one day, one little girl mentioned to me how God can hear. One little girl, she said. “God can hear”. Actually that time I was a singer and songwriter. I was singing one time and nobody was hearing except for this little girl and I was feeling despondent that no one was listening to me. And the little girl said, "Don't worry God can hear you". So then I realized I was wanting to hear from God what He wants me to do and I am not hearing. But He can hear me if I ask Him. So I started begging Him every day, "Dear God, please guide me how I can become your perfect servant". So every day I was praying like that day after day after day after day.

And then one Sunday morning in the spring of 1971 in Austin, Texas, at the apartment of one friend of Mike Bridges, there was a knock on the door [Imitates knocking on the door]. It was some friend of mine, her name was Margaret and she said, “There is a Hare Krishna swami in town and he will be at my apartment in one hour.” So, I went there. And it was His Holiness Visnujana Maharaja. And he invited us, “We are having one love feast celebration in Pease Park this afternoon at three O’clock”. So I went there and I heard the Swami. He talked about avatara, one who descends from the spiritual world. And the prasadam was very simple but it was the most delicious food I had ever tasted in my life. It was potatoes with sour cream and turmeric, apple chutney and one other preparation I forget what it was. But there was something very special about that experience of meeting that Hare Krishna swami and tasting that prasad. There is a major university in Austin. It is the largest university in the USA, University of Texas. So, everyday on the campus Visnujana Swami was there with a big bowl full of "simply wonderfuls". So, I would go meet the Swami, I would get my "simply wonderful" and I would feel simply wonderful. He had no temple, he was just a traveling sannyasi and every night he would stay at different home. So, he would tell the students and the hippies, “you invite me to your home and I will turn your home into a temple”. So, every night he would be at a different location. And there were many, many hippies and students who were following him from house to house every night. We were just going around Austin, wherever he was, we would go there. Two boys had already joined as brahmacaris with shaved head and saffron. They had already joined him even though there was no temple. But I was not so surrendered yet. But finally one English professor, he gave them a house and now the devotees had a temple. So in this way they kept inviting me and I finally moved in to check it out and I told that story already this morning.

But Prabhupada had told me, he said, "You have been trained up under the expert guidance of Visnujana Maharaja. And what Prabhupada said is a fact. Visnujana Maharaja was so potent. I remember, he would sing the Gurvastakam Prayers in the temple. There was no kartala, there was no drum. There was no hand clapping because he was offering the arati. We didn't know anything, He had to do everything. He was singing Gurvastakam and it was so beautiful. It was so mystical. It just carried you away to the spiritual world just to hear his voice. And then Srila Prabhupada sent one letter to Visnujana Maharaja there in Austin. And he told Visnujana Maharaja "When I heard you sing in Los Angeles, your singing carried me away to Vaikuntha. So when I heard that Prabhupada was carried away to Vaikuntha, I understood why I was so happy to hear his chanting also because it carried me to Vaikuntha as well. So as I mentioned this morning, even though I was very, you could say, a rough character - I wasn't what I would consider a polished brahmana or anything like that. I was a rough character but still he gave a very nice report to Prabhupada that “I was doing a very nice service there in the temple”. I didn't know anything that I was doing nice. I was not very surrendered. I was very independently minded. But still he gave Prabhupada a report that “I was doing very nicely there in the temple and he should accept me as a disciple”. So I am forever indebted to Visnujana. He overlooked all my millions of faults and gave a very good recommendation to Prabhupada about me. So Prabhupada accepted me as his servant, his disciple. So, this all happened before I even met Prabhupada. Just by seeing this person, Visnujana Swami, I could understand what kind of guru does he have to make a person like this. They say you can judge a tree by its fruit. So, His Holiness Visnujana Maharaja was a very wonderful, wonderful fruit of the Prabhupada tree. So I was thinking “I also would like to be a fruit on that tree”.

So, in this way I made the determination that I would give my life to Srila Prabhupada. And then I got the opportunity to go and meet Prabhupada. That was very, very special thing to actually see Jagadguru with my very eyes. It is nothing more wonderful thing to the eyes than to see Jagadguru, Srila Prabhupada. So we went to the San Francisco airport. Actually we went to the San Francisco for the Ratha Yatra. That was the big thing, every summer in San Francisco there was Ratha Yatra. Devotees came from everywhere and it was very popular with the hippies. Some huge number I forget the exact number but it seemed like 30,000 people it was so big. Maybe it was 10,000 or 3,000, I don't know but it was huge. We filled up this huge park completely full of people as far as you could see. It was huge. Actually I was at the San Francisco temple and they needed some workers at the festival site to help get the carts ready. Just like you have your Ratha Yatra coming up and there is so much work required to get that ready, isn't it? So there was a request in the temple, "We need some helpers at the Ratha Yatra site who would go?” And I volunteered to go to the Ratha Yatra site to help get the festival ready. There was one van sitting there and the devotees were getting in and they were leaving from the Ratha Yatra site. [Aside: Sri Sri Gaura Nitai ki jaya! Sri Sri Radha Damodara ki jaya! Sri Jagannatha, Balarama, Subhadra ki jaya! Sri Sadbhuja ki jaya!] So they said, “We are going to the airport to greet Prabhupada if anyone wants to come” but I had already committed to work at the festival site. So I was stern. I had already volunteered to help at the festival and now I am going to miss Prabhupada at the airport. But I couldn't act independently because a devotee is supposed to act under the authority’s direction. So who do you think was the authority at the festival site? Anyone likes to guess, who is the authority at the festival site? Jayananda, the ocean of mercy! I said, "Prabhu I have never seen Prabhupada before. Can I go?” And he looked around and he saw and he had enough help and he said, “Yes, you can go". So I joyfully hopped into the van and off we went to see Prabhupada at the airport. There must have been two or three hundred devotees there. There was no security in those days. You could go right inside where they were coming off the plane. You know how it used to be. So when the people come right off the tube into the terminal in the little hall, all the people come through that tube into the terminal building. Of course here in Sofia, mostly they take the bus to the terminal for the plane. But sometimes there are those tubes. They just walk right through the tube into the terminal. So in this particular day, the tube became somewhat longer, because once they came out of the airport tube they came into a human tube. Can you imagine what was that human tube? It was 200 devotees dancing, jumping up and down, and singing in ecstasy, "Jaya Prabhupada!”. Prabhupada was the last one off the plane. He came very late, So all these people who come through and all of us singing and dancing, they were wondering “What is going on? This is like the sixties, the hippie movement days in San Francisco. The hippies are going wild again.” Finally Prabhupada came and we all - boom - dandavats, everyone. And then some devotees they had the idea that if you put yogurt on the floor it is very auspicious, and the spiritual master can walk through the yogurt.

Translator: [Inaudible]

SDA: Yes, yes

Translator: Hippies or devotees?

SDA: They were devotees. San Francisco was famous for outrageous things. It was the helm of the hippy movement in the sixties. The people would expect outrageous things to happen in San Francisco. You told about the yogurt?

Translator: Yes

SDA: Yes, there was a trail of yogurt through the whole airport terminal. [Laughter]. And then they finally got outside of the terminal where the cars come. There was supposed to be a car waiting to pick up Prabhupada sitting there right? So, Prabhupada came surrounded by 200 devotees. And there was no car. Actually there are some pictures in the old Vyasa Puja book of his pastimes. Prabhupada is just standing there very serenely, not angry, not agitated. He was just standing there very serenely. No one was saying anything. Everyone is just standing there completely quiet. Prabhupada is just waiting for the car to come. Everybody is waiting with him. But I didn't wait because I found somebody who wanted to get to the festival site first. So I got into the car and went to the festival site so I could greet Prabhupada also at the festival site. So remember now I had only seen Prabhupada, I hadn’t heard him say anything yet. What is considered more important, seeing the spiritual master or hearing him?

Devotees: Hearing.

SDA: That’s right. Hearing is more important. So, I had not heard him yet, but I had only seen him. Of course, I had read his books, I had heard his recordings in a thirty three RPM record. I had heard him in that way. But I had not yet heard him live in person. So, anyway I got to the festival. Since we had left the airport early, we got there to the festival site before he arrived. And when his car came, of course he got out of the car and we all offered our obeisances. There were three carts, one for Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra. So, Prabhupada was going to ride on the third cart, Subhadra Mayi's cart. So he got on the cart and they had a very nice microphone available and he gave one lecture before the parade began. And the very first word he said was ”Jagannatha". "jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me". In this way, he spoke. "My dear Lord Jagannatha, Lord of the Universe, please come to my vision". So, he gave the most wonderful lecture. It is the most wonderful lecture I have ever heard. He said, “Every one of you have seen God, because Krishna says, ‘prabhasmi sasi-suryayoh’ - ‘I am the light of the sun and the moon’. So you have all seen God.

And he said, “actually to become Krishna conscious is not difficult. It simply requires practice.” He says, “Every day you are drinking water once, twice, thrice, more than that. If every time you drink water, you remember that Krishna is the taste of the water, then immediately you become Krishna conscious.” So in this way Srila Prabhupada told us how easy it is to be Krishna conscious. So this was my first lesson from Srila Prabhupada. It is very easy to be Krishna conscious. Every time you drink water you simply have to remember that Krishna is the taste of the water. So, this was my first meeting with His Divine Grace. Most of my association with him was by letter. I was initiated by letter. Two months later I was initiated by mail. Srila Prabhupada sent one letter from London to me and two other boys; it was just the three of us. He said, "My dear sons, I have given you these spiritual names as follows". And in this way, I received my name, Sankarshan Das. And at my initiation, then I collected some daksina from the guests at the yajña. So, then I mailed that to Srila Prabhupada. And in that letter because I was so inspired by the preaching spirit of Visnujana Maharaja, I expressed my desire to Srila Prabhupada that I wanted to spread this Krishna conscious movement. Prabhupada was so pleased with me. It was amazing. He wrote me back the most wonderful letter. He acknowledged the three cheques I had sent him giving the exact amount of each cheque. And he said “I can see that you are a very sincere, enthusiastic boy who is eager for spreading this Krishna conscious movement”. He also said, "Now you just continue enthusiastically as you are doing and surely Krishna will bless you".

So sometimes people wonder how I am always so enthusiastic after 34 years of all the things that ISKCON has gone through. How can Sankarshan Das be so crazy that he is still enthusiastic about Krishna consciousness? But I have my order from Prabhupada that I must always be enthusiastic. So the orders you receive from your Guru Maharaja they become your very life and soul. So, I have embraced very tightly every single order I have received from Srila Prabhupada. Just like if you fall over the edge of the cliff and you grab hold of one branch, how tightly you will hold on to that branch! That is how I am holding on to Prabhupada's orders. I am holding on for life. So that is how I met Visnujana Maharaja and Prabhupada. And that is how I am always keeping them with me at every minute, by holding tightly to their instructions.

Translator: You mentioned about the 33 million demigods, so she is wondering, are there some of them devotees and other non-devotees? Maybe some of them are taking care of the devotees. She experienced some deep influences that she cannot tell if they are coming from some demigods.

SDA: Actually demigods, they are all devotees, but they still have some material tinge therefore they are given administrative positions within this material world. They are not the only persons; there are so many great acaryas or pure devotees also there who can bless the devotee.

Translator: She went to Vrindavana before. She is asking why it is so difficult when you come back in the material world and why is it so difficult to overcome this separation from Vrindavana?

SDA: Why do you want to overcome the separation? Actually the more you can feel separation from Vrindavana, the more you advance. You should see how you can increase your feelings of separation from Vrindavana. The more you can be in absolute anguish, "I cannot bear this separation from Vrindavana", that is your advancement. If you are in that mood, then you will be living in Vrindavana at every minute. The pure devotee wherever he goes is Vrindavana. He carries Vrindavana within his heart. So you have to learn the art of how to become a pure devotee, so you are living in Vrindavana at every minute.

Questions more? So everyone has already realized everything now? Yes, another question.

Translator: I will translate so far. Because you mentioned in the lecture, how we have to depend on Krishna by surrendering to His internal potency. She says in this movement we were trained to always depend on Krishna and not to seek for fulfilling our material desires as you mentioned without asking him.

Devotee: For example my spiritual master said through one devotee, my Godbrother, that I should live outside and get some job but I constantly feel some kind of doubt that I should go outside and do that which may be an offense or something.

SDA: Your Guru Maharaja wants you to stay outside and get a job?

Devotee: Yes.

SDA: So, are you doing that?

Devotee: So far some, yes.

SDA: You can always express your desire to your Guru Maharaja. He wants to help you in every way to go back to home back to Godhead. If you are feeling some difficulty with some instruction he has given you, then you should explain to him. It is an honest, open relationship between a Guru and disciple. You open your heart to him and he opens his heart to you. If he gives an instruction and you are finding some difficulty, then you should relate that to him not that we blindly just follow it. We follow but not blindly. If there is some difficulty with the order to carry it out, we should explain because he doesn't want us to fall down and go away. He wants us to be strong and happy. So, if there is some difficulty with the instructions he has given, you explain to him, "My dear Guru Maharaja, I am fully surrendered to your every order but kindly instruct me because now I am having great difficulty to try to execute this order that you have given it to me. Please guide me.” In this way, you humbly put yourself under his guidance and reveal to him whatever difficulty you may be having. Then Krishna will work through that situation to make everything perfect for you because you are simply a tool in the hands of Krishna, It is actually Krishna making all the arrangements through the medium of Guru Maharaja. It is Krishna behind the scene arranging everything. But you simply have to humbly and honestly reveal it to Guru Maharaja what you are feeling in your heart and everything will be properly guided. If you are completely open and humble then everything can be very properly given by Krishna on how to make you perfectly situated in Krishna consciousness.

Ok. We will stop here. Thank you very much.

Srimad Bhagavad-gita ki jaya! Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!

Devotees: Sankarshan Prabhu ki jaya!

SDA: Ananta koti Vaisnava vrinda ki jaya! ISKCON Sofia devotees ki jaya!

[Transcribed by Her Grace Bhaktin Priya]

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